Vintage-Style German Glass Glitter Sign

I felt like playing with glitter this weekend and thought it would be so beautiful used on the detail of a vintage graphic. I found some old advertising images and modified them for use. I created a fun little glitter sign for my studio for the summer sun to hit as it comes through my big wonderful window.When modifying the images, I altered the colors of the graphic to closely match the colors of German glass glitter that I have. I added some typography of my own and I printed out the image onto card stock. Plain paper would ripple and warp from the moisture of the glue and card stock is great because you can tap it on the table much easier than plain paper when removing excess glitter.Work over a large piece of paper. I began by I drawing over the lettering with the glue, one letter at a time, then covering with glitter. I worked slow as I didn’t want the first letter drying before I got to the last. You’ll find a toothpick is your best friend when doing any intricate German glass glitter work. It picks up the unintended globs of glue,and the random chunks that didn’t come off when tapping off the residual glitter. A toothpick also helps drag glue into tiny areas that your glue bottle tip can’t get to.

No way was I going to attempt to draw all the detailed scrollwork of the design with my bead of glue as thick as it was, so simply dotting to punctuate areas of the scrolls was enough since the ink color was similar to the glitter color.It is important to only add one color of glitter at a time. I started with orange and covered every bit of orange detail then funneled all the orange glitter back into its bottle before moving on to another color. Otherwise, residual glitter will end up mixing together on your paper and you won’t want to funnel the mixed glitter back into the color specific bottles. (Though I did go back later and fill in some extra type with orange in the end.)Once all the colored German glass glitter was applied, color by color, I laminated the cardstock to a piece of foam core board using spray adhesive and trimmed out the design.Using a paintbrush, I applied glue to the edges of the foam core to add more glitter.Because my glitter sign is so lightweight, simple poster putty is all I will need to hang it up in my studio.Here are the beautiful vintage graphics modified for you to use with your own German glass glitter or in any other project. Click to enlarge.

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23 Responses to Vintage-Style German Glass Glitter Sign

  1. #1 - Ann says:

    love what you did.thanks for sharing and for the wonderfuls graphics!!

  2. #2 - Shel at Dreamy Nest says:

    That is gorgeous!! I don't know that I have the patience for that, but I love it!

  3. #3 - Jacque says:

    Beautiful work! I love glitter, so this was just what I love to see.

  4. #4 - Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says:

    Wow that is so fun! And thanks for sharing the graphics with us. You are too generous. 🙂

  5. #5 - My Life Under the Bus says:

    Love, Love, Love the glitter the new roller ball glue pens are pretty awesome for this too ! Make a nice tiny line : ) .

  6. #6 - Rebecca Everett says:

    Oh my goodness you are a glitter goddess, Beautiful work and thanks for the freebies!

  7. #7 - Rebecca Everett says:

    Oh my goodness you are a glitter goddess, Beautiful work and thanks for the freebies!

  8. #8 - Dawn says:

    I really like this you have worked so hard you must have the patience of a saint lol

    love Dawn xx

  9. #9 - Cathe Holden says:

    Thanks gang. You know, once the graphics are done and type in place and printed out, the glitter part is the fun and easy part. Steady hand helps, but it really only took about 45 minutes to glitter.

    : )

  10. #10 - NanE says:

    I LOVE this project! Thanks for sharing the graphics and instructions. By the way, do you know what font you used to type the word "glitter"?

  11. #11 - Cathe Holden says:

    NanE- The font used for the word GLITTER is Bootcut Spurs, found here: http://www.letterheadfonts.com/fonts/bootcut.php

  12. #12 - Pfeiffer Photos says:

    Very blingy! Nice. My mom is a glitter fiend; she'd love this!

  13. #13 - Angela says:

    That's just beautiful!! I would have thought it impossible to keep the glitter colors separated. You did such an excellent job!!

  14. #14 - Southern Lady's Vintage says:

    Very pretty!

  15. #15 - Nat says:

    So pretty…Love the blog, so much inspiration, thanks for sharing!

  16. #16 - Mokzan says:

    Very very nice, I think I have to do something similar and put on the door in to my little workspace.
    One can never have to much glitter, greetings from Sweden =)

  17. #17 - Kokopelli says:

    Love the sign you made! And thanks for sharing the project step-by-step and the beautiful graphics!

  18. #18 - CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [02 Jun 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  19. #19 - kristianne25 says:

    Awesome thanks for sharing:) Have a great rest of the week:)Kristi

  20. #20 - Little Lovables says:

    wow, this is truly beautiful!

  21. #21 - Allison @ House of Hepworths says:

    OMG that is beautiful!!! Wow, you are very talented.

  22. #22 - Halo Hill says:

    SO beautiful and precise! Love it!

  23. #23 - For The Love of Old Books says:

    Karen,
    This looks so wonderful. What a great idea. I was thinking of you today as I browsed an old and rare book shop. I came across so many wonderful graphics inside. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I can play with graphics inside an old treasure.

    Have a lovely day.
    Karen